Minister of Mining, John Bande, on Sunday went flat out mudslinging challenger of President Joyce Banda in May 20 elections during President Banda’s purported development rally in Blantyre.
President Banda addressed what was christened to be a ‘development’ rally held at Makheta Primary School Ground in Blantyre City East Constituency where Bande is the sitting parliamentarian.
In his speech, Bande dwelled his speech on castigating the opposition leaders when all other speakers spoke about the country’s development projects and avoided name-calling.
“You have seen for yourself that Amai [President Banda] is the right candidate for the presidential race as she is able to give out food to the needy. This is possible because she has a steady family,” he said.
“What can you expect from a bachelor [referring to Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika] who only thinks of buying ‘walk man’ [one meal flour pack] and kanyenya [street snack]? Can that person think of other people’s welfare?” rapped Bande.
“So why think of voting for a baby [referring to United Democratic Front leader Atupele Muluzi] who does not even have a child? Do you expect such a person to care for the nation? Vote for Amai then because she has already demonstrated that she is so caring just because she has a steady family,” he added.
But in her speech President Banda did not comment on Bande’s attacks on the opposition leaders but instead dwelled her speech on her government’s road infrastructure programmes and the massive mining prospects, among others.
Earlier in the day, President Banda handed over a four-bedroomed house to an elderly woman, Mai Nyaude.